It is the Will of the People that have always changed things, in history. Leaders may have led, but it was the people’s will that made the difference. Recent movements have seen our collective power for change only grow. These include:
- the American and French Revolutions, opening the world to modern-day representative democracy
- the abolition of slavery
- universal suffrage (the right to vote) for all
- the Indian Independence and the example of Mahatma Gandhi
- the civil rights movement and the example of Martin Luther King Jr.
- the Arab Spring
- today’s movements for full gender equality (equal rights and pay for women, marriage equality, etc.)
Nearly every right even some of us enjoy today exists because people said it should: the 40-hour work week, no child labor, the minimum wage, the right to privacy, to free speech, and so on (it should be noted that many of these rights do not exist in most local countries, of course, and if they do are not always enforced).
It is the people’s will that moves the world forward. It is what always has.
Today our world has a raft of global crises, from climate change to terrorism, deepening income inequality worldwide, two-thirds of a billion people lack access to clean water (2.4 billion without access to a toilet), and millions now displaced from their homelands. This is just a small fraction of our global problems, today. Climate change threatens us even more in the years ahead, unless something can be done to stop and reverse the ominous trends brought upon by a twentieth century consumptive economy, where profit is the driving factor over all other considerations, including the well being of the planet. Meanwhile, politicians worldwide listen to the leaders of our mega-corporations to help determine what is best, all while the problems of our corporate-driven economy continue to worsen. Many of these problems have reached crisis levels for our global civilization.
It is clear that these global crises cannot be solved on the national level. Our individual, local nations, no matter how well meaning some of them may be, are still too selfishly focused on the needs of their own peoples to address all of these global problems in a comprehensive way. But the problems we have cannot be solved with the level of thinking at which we have created them. We created them separately. We cannot solve them that way.
Indeed, these problems cannot be solved by the existing global political and economic structures of our world, now, or by doing more of the same.
The planet needs us.
It needs you.
It needs us to come together. Because only together can we truly act to solve these problems.
What will happen when we stand together not just as individuals, or residents of disparate, separated countries, but together as citizens of our common planet… and have that reality recognized, everywhere, politically?
We can and will create a new world together, a world of sustainability, equality and peace, a world where everyone has the opportunity to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives. We can do it.
We will do it, together.
The place to begin… is here.
Claim your citizenship, change our world